Time and again, we are exposed to those who believe that terrorism can be traced to one or more of the following: poverty, racism, Israel, oil, political power, etc.
Terry Mattingly has an eye-opening post that begs to differ.
He plainly makes the case that it's about religion. Specifically, that religion that sees the unbeliever as an infidel worthy of death.
Mattingly links to this Middle East Media Research Institute piece that bolsters his case. The article includes an interview with Fawwaz bin Muhammad Al-Nashami, commander of the Al-Quds Brigade that took responsibility for the May 29 attack at Khobar, Saudi Arabia, in which 22 people were killed:
"The four of us entered the company together. We met the Arab clerks, and greeted them. We asked them: 'Where are the Americans?' They were all in shock, and said: 'What's going on? Who are you?' We told them, 'We are Mujahideen, and we want the Americans. We have not come to aim a weapon at the Muslims, but to purge the Arabian Peninsula, according to the will of our Prophet Muhammad, of the infidels and the polytheists who are killing our brothers in Afghanistan and Iraq. We want you to show us where they are.'"
"We turned to go upstairs. The building included a number of companies, and there were a number of doors. Each time we opened a door, we found a large hall, and in it several offices and a head office with a glass window."
"We entered one of the companies' [offices], and found there an American infidel who looked like a director of one of the companies. I went into his office and called him. When he turned to me, I shot him in the head, and his head exploded. We entered another office and found one infidel from South Africa, and our brother Hussein slit his throat. We asked Allah to accept [these acts of devotion] from us, and from him. This was the South African infidel."
Mattingly goes on to reference this Weekly Standard article that details who the terrorists are targeting:
Anyone -- journalists note -- who think this is merely about politics and economics must recognize this.
Consistently, these Wahhabis describe their enemies, whatever their country or race or politics, as "infidels" or "polytheists." They are particularly joyful at the killing of an Italian, a Briton, and, on June 22, the South Korean Kim Sun-il, whose countries are participants in the coalition in Iraq. But they also kill a Swede and a South African, whose countries took no part in the invasion, and their greatest frisson seems to come from killing Hindus, who, as purported polytheists, are even further down al Qaeda's religious scale than "people of the book" such as Christians and Jews.
Hindus, Christians, Jews...
White, black, red...
Conservative, liberal, moderate...
None of those things matter to the Islamofascists.
If they determine that we are unbelievers, then we are targeted as those needing to be purged, according to the will of the Prophet Muhammad.
That's what we're up against.